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French lawmakers voted for a tax on the revenues of certain large digital companies on Tuesday, per the Associated Press.

Why it matters: The 3% tax on the local revenues of digital giants, like Facebook and Google, hasn't become law yet — but would be a shot across the bow of American tech giants who already face scrutiny in Europe.

What's next: The law has been passed by France's National Assembly, according to AP, but still requires approval from a second legislative chamber.

The big picture: Boris Johnson, favored to become the next U.K. prime minister, has also indicated support for such a tax, per Reuters.

Go deeper: Global tax proposals take aim at U.S. tech

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1 hour ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

Photo: Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty

National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

2 hours ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

2 hours ago - Health

Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.